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Comic-Con Roundtable: KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse on Riverdale Season 2

The CW series Riverdale reinvented Archie Comics as a dark mystery. Season one left Archie and Jughead in a dark place, with Archie’s father (Luke Perry) getting shot, and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) going...

How The Simpsons Movie Ensured The Simpsons Will Run Forever

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since The Simpsons made a movie. They had already been on the air 18 years and newer shows like South Park and Beavis and Butt-Head beat them to cinemas....

San Diego Comic Con Roundtable: China Anne McClain On ‘Black Lightning’

Black Lightning won’t even be on the air until 2018, so Comic-Con was an early chance to talk to the cast of The CW’s next superhero show. Black Lightning is part of the DC Comics franchise, but also ...

San Diego Comic Con Roundtable: Melissa Benoist on Supergirl Season 3

I was really floored by Melissa Benoist at Comic-Con. I have been privileged enough to interview her from the premiere of Supergirl through its two seasons so far, but I never imagined the star of the...

'Transformers: The Last Knight' (2017) - Summer Box Office Preview

Franchise Fred News: Akiva Goldsman’s Transformers Writers Room Is Closed

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura stayed a bit after the American Assassin press conference to chat with me more. I’ll save the Mitch Rapp story for September when that film releases, but as the produce...

Death Note Movie Review: In Nicholas Sparks’ Mouth of Madness

Fred Topel reviews Death Note which premieres on Netflix this August.

How Robocop Can Teach Us Not To Sell Our Souls To Technology

I did not see Robocop in theaters 30 years ago. Not because it was rated R, as I was already seeing Beverly Hills Cop II and Running Man that year (not to mention Terminator and Rambo on video). No, i...

The Spy Who Loved Me 40th Anniversary: The First Bond That Franchise Fred Approved

For the 40th anniversary of its UK release, Franchise Fred looks back at The Spy Who Loved Me, the first 007 movie he ever approved!

Spider-Man Homecoming

Franchise Freditorial: Why Can’t They Get Spider-Man Right Anymore?

Franchise Fred traces how each successive Spider-Man lost the essence of Peter Parker, and how Lord and Miller can get it back!

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